While we’re very proud of our opening Saturday and Field Trip Day numbers, the overall paid attendance was down going into Tuesday. Paid attendance, however, rebounded the second weekend and the fair attendance numbers were comparable to previous years’ paid attendance.
Most state fairs have 9 months to a year to plan and put on the event. With only 65 days, we’re proud to have opened our gates for a 2011 State Fair. Taking a year off was simply not an option, especially in the world of livestock competition, here’s why:
Many farmers rely on livestock competitions, much like the NASCAR driver’s rely on the point system – where Farmers get points for competing in county fairs and even more when competing in state fairs. So it was important to give TN farmers the opportunity to compete.
The Fair has operated quite smoothly and Fairgoers have been impressed with what we’ve been able to bring here in such a short amount of time. One area we are extremely proud of is our addition of equestrian exhibits and participation from the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration; this is an area we plan on expanding in the years to come.
It was important to us, and to all those who fought to keep the Fair going, to put on a quality Fair this year, despite the short notice. We’ve been overwhelmed by the amount of support we’ve received from volunteers. Without these volunteers, the Fair would not have happened:
The majority of our volunteers are representatives from other TN county fairs and are involved with their county fairs…to name a few: Fentress, White, Robertson, Williamson, Wilson, Cheatham, Franklin, Dickson, and Bedford counties…all adding to what makes a true state fair; statewide participation.
This year we have tallied 55 counties, 18 states (including Tennessee) and 1 international entry from Australia in fleece. THIS is what a state fair is about.
Other county fairs have been vocal in sharing with us their hopes and dreams of a future Tennessee State Fair; and their participation will help make it a reality.